Efimov physics in Li-6 atoms
Journal article, 2010

A new narrow three-atom loss resonance associated with an Efimov trimer crossing the three-atom threshold has recently been discovered in a many-body system of ultracold Li-6 atoms in the three lowest hyperfine spin states at a magnetic field near 895 G. O'Hara and coworkers have used measurements of the three-body recombination rate in this region to determine the complex three-body parameter associated with Efimov physics. Using this parameter as the input, we calculate the universal predictions for the spectrum of Efimov states and for the three-body recombination rate in the universal region above 600 G where all three scattering lengths are large. We predict an atom-dimer loss resonance at 672 +/- 2G associated with an Efimov trimer disappearing through an atom-dimer threshold. We also predict an interference minimum in the three-body recombination rate at 759 +/- 1G where the three-spin mixture may be sufficiently stable to allow experimental study of the many-body system.

3-body system




large scattering length


E. Braaten

H. W. Hammer

D. Kang

Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

1050-2947 (ISSN) 1094-1622 (eISSN)

Vol. 81 1

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

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